Last Friday afternoon, PSCORE hosted its own side event “Unprotected and Exploited: North Korean Women and Children” at the 34th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the DPRK, Tomás Ojea Quintana, shared his insights on the current Human Rights situation in the country, and so did Sonja Biserko, representing a group of independent experts.

Our founder Young-il Kim spoke about his own personal experience living in and defecting from North Korea, and shared PSCORE’s findings concerning violence on and discrimination of women and children in the DPRK. He was joined on the panel by three North Korean Defectors, Ju Yeon Choi, So Yeon Lee and Kyung Ho Park, who all provided their chilling testimonies on the violence, fear and misery they had to endure before having successfully defected to the South.

Next, and last on PSCORE’s itinerary at the UNHRC this year, will be Young-Il’s oral statement today.

The International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity in North Korea is a joint effort of
over 40 human rights groups worldwide that seeks to protect the human rights of North Koreans
and to hold the Pyongyang government accountable for its abuses and violations of the human
rights of the North Korean people.

Members and supporters of the Coalition include:
Advocates International Global Council
Asia Justice and Rights
Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances
Asian Human Rights & Humanity Association of Japan
Burma Partnership (Thailand)
Christian Lawyers Association for Paraguay
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (USA)
Conectas (Brazil)
Council for Human Rights in North Korea (Canada)
Freedom House (USA)
NK Watch (ROK)
Free North Korea Radio (ROK)
Han Voice (Canada)
HH Katacombs (ROK)
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Without Frontiers (Belgium)
Inter-American Federation of Christian Lawyers
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
COMJAN (Investigation Commission on Missing Japanese Probably Related to North
Japanese Lawyers Association for Abduction and Other Human Rights Issues in North Korea
Jubilee Campaign (USA)
Justice for North Korea (ROK)
Kontras (Indonesia)
Liberty in North Korea – LiNK (USA)
Life Funds for North Korean Refugees (Japan)
Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights (ROK)
NK Intellectual Solidarity (ROK)
No Fence (Japan)
North Korea Freedom Coalition
Odhikar (Bangladesh)
Open North Korea (ROK)
People In Need (Czech Republic)
PSALT NK (Prayer Service Action Love Truth for North Korea)
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (USA)
SARAM – Für Menschen in Nordkorea (Germany)
The Simon Wiesenthal Center (USA)
The Society to Help Returnees to North Korea (Japan)
Students Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (ROK)
World Without Genocide (USA)
Young Defectors’ Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (ROK)
Yuki Akimoto, Burmainfo (Japan)
Tomoharu Ebihara
David Hawk, Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, Institute for the Study of Human Rights,
and author of Hidden Gulag
Ken Kato, Director, Human Rights in Asia (Japan)
Tomoyuki Kawazoe, Representative, Kanagawa Association for The Rescue of Japanese
Kidnapped by North Korea / Member, Reporters Without Borders
Suzanne Scholte, Seoul Peace Prize Recipient & Defence Forum Foundation (USA)